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   uate school with a solid base. Not all people must go to an HBCU, there are students that will be fine. But they tend to be small fish in huge ponds and can get lost.”
FAMU graduate
“I believe that it is about
time that HBCUs are recog- nized for producing so many leaders, especially in the areas of politics and medicine. Any HBCU education could stand up to a Harvard education. I was over-prepped for medical school. People at HBCUs re- ally care about their students and created an environment to succeed. I am so proud of the great numbers of promi- nent leaders being recognized
as HBCU graduates."
WENDELL DUGGINS, President of Tampa Alumni Association for FAMU
“FAMU brings back so many wonderful memories. HBCUs are incredibly good about finding diamonds in the rough, polishing them up, and putting them out into world. It’s up to the person to deter- mine what they will do, but FAMU and other HBCUs pro- vide the background and foundation for success. The foundation comes from all the attention and nurturing you receive at a HBCU. I have been involved in the FAMU Alumni Association family for
many, many years in different parts of the country. This is my way of giving back to an institution that gave me so much.”
Bethune-Cookman University “The reemergence of HBCUs is a great motivational tool for B-CU and other insti- tutions. Our HBCUs have al- ways been advanced in many areas such as engineering, and the sciences. I am so happy that we are back on the map and getting more people inter- ested in all the advantages
that HBCUs have to give.”
RAQUEL WATSON, Bethune-Cookman University “I love that HBCUs are
starting to reemerge. I think that previously, HBCUs were not being highlighted as much, especially our educa- tional and athletic programs. I think that people were feeling that they had to go to PWIs to play sports and get better ca- reer opportunities. With the prominence of people like the
Vice-President, the portrayal of HBCUs has been much more positive. I think that the revamp of people’s thinking, and attitudes is awesome. I am a third-generation gradu- ate of Bethune-Cookman Uni- versity and have played several roles at my alma mater. I have been involved in student government, alumni organizations, president of the Tampa Alumni association, and Ms. Alumni. I encourage students to go to any HBCU and they will prepare you for success.”
         Appreciating The Work In Black
 History Month
he pioneers of Black History Month cre- ated an impact that
has been powerful enough to transcend history. The lives of African Americans have improved throughout time because of the: Blood, sweat, tears, voices, and hard work of Black men and women around our great nation. I want to take this time to thank the com- munity leaders and politi- cal leaders that paved the way.
I celebrate Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life, which led to Black History Month; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leading the Civil Rights Movement for Equal Justice. Join me in celebrating Shirley Chisholm for her contri- butions to history as the first African American fe-
male elected to the United States Congress; Sydney Poitier, the first African American to win the Acad- emy Award for Best Actor, for his role in Lilies of the Field; Thurgood Marshall, he was the first African American Supreme Court Justice.
I am extremely grateful for the countless African American men and women who sacrificed to pave the way for others.
God blessed these lead- ers to walk the face of this earth to make positive change. We are all stand- ing on the shoulders of great African Americans that were beacons, shining a light on the path forward as we look back at Black History. Thank you.
DR. SHANDALE TERRELL Lakeland, Florida

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